Tessa Bolsover – Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award, 2021

In these poems, all things are kin; the stone inside the earth and the light the eye takes in. They don’t necessarily speak to each other but they inhabit co-existent gradients. Thus, things (made sometimes of other, impossible things) exist in both connection and breakage, and we learn that it is contact that “makes [them and us] radiant.” Entire non-human and human worlds appear here in all their complexities, in lives that are made visible in flashes, and continue unseen in the folds of the poem. The poet allows these worlds to both reveal and hold their mystery, so that they are simultaneously for us and for themselves in the most generous and stunning way.